Learning to Sweat the Small Stuff

One of the strangest gifts I received on my 40th birthday was a magnifying glass. All jokes aside, it is interesting how many things you see differently through a magnifying glass. As a pastor, my default vantage point is one of telescopic proportions. “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). So it takes work for me to “sweat the small stuff.”

When things are going well or when a team has momentum on their side, poor performers are hidden in the larger picture of success. When one works independently or when a team or organization encounters recessive seasons, inadequacy becomes a glaring weakness. Let’s learn from a biblical example how to capitalize and grow during seasons of ebb.

King David was a man after God’s own heart. Why? Certainly not because he did not have any faults (the Bible actually reveals more of David’s faults than about anyone in Bible.) But, David knew one thing well – he knew how to seek God. Often what is missing in our lives is simply the fact that we do not seek God properly. If we are to be God’s useful people, we must learn how to seek God.

David’s heart HAD been seeking after God, but when he became king, he felt as if he had the heart of God and now needed the heart of his leaders and his people, so assuming his heart had remained in the “seeking God” position, he acted judiciously. Now nothing wrong with doing things in an orderly and even a democratic fashion, but when seeking man’s approval over God’s is what causes God to “make a breach upon us” (1 Chronicles 15:13).

To approach our holy God, we must be holy ourselves. Seeking God is not a multiple-choice approach or a personal opinion. We are dealing with the holiness of God, not the happiness of God. David learned through the ultimate payment of Uzzah (his best usher) that obedience to God’s specific details is the only way to enter the very presence of God.

When you get to the end of this passage, God says, “come in.” If He had said go in, it would of meant “go in and I will meet you there.” When He said “come in” it meant “come to Me, I am already here.” God will never let you be somewhere He is not! Take time now to praise Him for His awesome power, while you thank Him for His personal presence.

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